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Employment Update – January 2018 – Employer’s Beware: Recent changes to Awards starting 1 January 2018 plus changes to Miscellaneous Award interpretation

Changes to various awards From 1 January 2018, a number of changes to casual and part-time entitlements in a number of modern awards have taken effect. Employers who have employees covered by the following awards should review the changes to the awards against their current arrangements: Fast Food Industry Award 2010 General Retail Industry Award…

Court punishes employer for failing to apply casual conversion clause properly

The Federal Court of Australia has fined an employer who refused a employee the opportunity to convert his casual employment to equivalent full-time employment. The employee was a freight handler with a major transport company.  The employee had a right to elect to convert from casual employment to equivalent permanent employment under the both the…

Vulnerable workers’ Bill passes through Senate

On 4 September 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017, passed through the Senate, and after approval of its amendments by the House of Representatives, is now awaiting Royal Assent. Upon receiving Royal Assent, most of the changes contained in the Bill will immediately become active provisions of the Fair Work Act…

FWC slams employer for treatment of injured employee

This particular case involved an employee who was required to have an extended unpaid absence from her employment as a cleaner following complicated surgery to her ankle. About four months after the surgery, a representative of the employer had a discussion with the Applicant about her medical condition and her prospects of a return to…